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mikpowl 09-07-2007 02:17 PM

ceiling fan instal issue
I was trying to figure out where I went wrong.

I put a new ceiling fan in my house. I had a heater in the bathroom that wasn't working so I disconnected it's wire at the fuse box. I ran a new14-2 wire into the fuse box on a 20amp breaker. I ran it through the ceiling, cut my hole, hung the fan and attached the lower light fixture to the fan. Heres the problem, when I turn on the fan part, the low setting seems like it's high and the medium and high settings are way too fast. When I turn on the lights (3 of them) they all blow immediatly. I tried a new set of lights and the same thing happened. It seems like there is way too much electricity pushing through the fan. Is this right? How do I fix it?
Any help would be great.

BigJimmy 09-08-2007 12:02 PM

Was the existing heater 220V? Is the breaker single or double pole/handle? Assuming that you have wired the fan directly and are using the pull chains to control it, have you taken a voltage measurement at the fan?

frenchelectrican 09-08-2007 01:03 PM

the only way you can fix this mess is look at the fuse/ breaker box and how you got this hook up.

most heater useally i say useally are on 240 volt circuits and what i am thinking that you did retrace the same way as the old wire were ran before.

and if you ran the new wire in the fuse/breaker box find the white wire [ for the new circuit ] and move that to the netural bussbar that way you get a real 120 volt there instead of 240 volt

unforetally once you get this fixed IMO i think you will end up repalceing the ceiling fan as well again because some of control circuit in the fan itself can be fried [ i did see it happend once a while ]

Merci , Marc

gooch 09-10-2007 12:21 AM

i would change out that 20 amp breaker to a 15 amp if you ran a 14-2 if you dont want to risk a fire. NEC 310.16 requires a 20 amp circuit to be wired in 12 awg wire.

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